Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Letter from East Tennessee Executive Director Michelle Hankes, January 2016

Happy New Year, East Tennessee!

Don’t you hate New Year’s resolutions? How many of you have declared you’ll go on a diet or start going to the gym and do pretty well...for the first two weeks!

I don’t want to make you any promises that are unrealistic. We all know that life can get crazy, especially at the Red Cross, when ice storms, floods, and fires happen when you least expect it.

That doesn’t mean that I (and all of us) can’t try to do things a little better, a little faster, and a little bigger each and every day. One of those things I want to offer each of you are professional development workshops that not only can help you with your work with the Red Cross, but also with your personal and professional lives. Some of the topics suggested—and that I’m following up on—include workshops on active shooter response, time management and relationship building. I’ve also received requests for presentations from some of our community partners, like the FBI, Baptist Association, and AARP.

If you have suggestions, please contact me so I can see what I can schedule. These could be 30-minute presentations, tours at sites, half-day, or full-day workshops. Send your suggestions to

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